1. Homework Woes!

    Q: My child spends so much time on homework and has so little to show for it. He seems to take forever to get rolling with it, gets derailed with anything and everything, whines and complains about doing it, and sometimes even when he does his homework thoroughly and well, he might not turn it in. What the heck?! A: You may be surprised at how common what you’re describing can be. Your child mig…Read More

  2. Dancing for me or for everyone else?

    Q: I’ve been considering quitting dance and I’m worried that my parents will be upset with me if I go through with it. I’ve been dancing since elementary school and I’m currently on a travel team. On top of that, I’m one of the co-captains of my school dance team. Lately, I’ve been losing interest in dancing. I’m only sticking to it to avoid upsetting those around me, especially sinc…Read More

  3. Growing Up Too Fast

    Q: I’ve noticed my 14-year-old daughter is choosing clothing that, in my eyes, are meant to be worn by older women like crop tops, short shorts, tight fitting shirts and everything in between! When I express my concern she accuses me of not wanting her to be proud of her body. Her friends dress like this too. As Halloween approaches, I’m already concerned about the costumes she’s considering…Read More

  4. Kindergarten and Covid Concerns

    Q: School is starting soon and I’m really worried for my 5-year-old daughter. I’m just not comfortable sending her, unvaccinated, to a new school. Let’s be real, we know kindergarteners are not going to keep their masks on. But she’s bored at home. I know she needs more than a weekly playdate pod. She missed her preschool friends from the “before times.” School feels like a germ factor…Read More

  5. Back to School Angst

    Q: I currently have three adolescents at home who have been cooped up for months. They’ve been fighting more than usual because they’ve been on top of each other ALL THE TIME! Oddly my eldest, who is leaving for college very soon, has been particularly difficult lately. This is out of character for her, since she’s usually the peacemaker. Any advice?  A: Actually, what you’re describing i…Read More

  6. COVID under 12-years-old

    Q: School is ending, half our kids are now vaccinated!  Woot woot!! We are so grateful to see what we hope is the forever end of zoom school and kids being kids again. That said, we have children under 12 who aren’t vaccinated yet and I’m torn. Everyone wants to get back to normal and I get it. I know the risk is low for them, but it still makes me nervous the idea of having them play with ot…Read More

  7. Navigating Back to School Backlash

    Q: Schools are beginning to reopen and I’m thrilled for my kids. A bunch of my friends on Facebook have very opposite feelings. I feel like I can’t speak freely.  The topic feels unavoidable. Everyone is talking about it and I don’t want to ruffle feathers.    A: These are interesting and challenging times indeed! Whether it be school, face masks, or politics, we are faced with responding…Read More

  8. Middle Schooler’s Struggle with COVID

    Q: My daughter is struggling. The new Zoom structure at LPMS is a huge adjustment. She’s moody, cranky, crying all the time. She was sensitive before but now she’s beside herself. She’s lethargic, has nightmares, worries excessively. She frets about my leaving the house, afraid I’m going to get Covid. She freaks out about tracking her assignments online. I just don’t know what to do to s…Read More

  9. What’s the Connection Between Attachment Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

    What is Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)? An ODD is a complex and serious disorder that is diagnosed in about 10% of children seen by a mental health professional. Kids with this disorder are typically argumentative, irritable, angry, and (occasionally) vindictive to an extent not seen in the average rebellious child, and the behavior is seen for at least six months in one or more settings.  …Read More

  10. Role-play Games Build Confidence and Keep Kids Connected

    Are you worried the stay-in-place efforts to keep our community safe are leaving your kids lonely and isolated? You’re not alone. In a study on the impact of social isolation and loneliness on the mental health of children and adolescents, Dr Loades and her researchers found that children and adolescents can experience high rates of depression and anxiety during and after forced isolation, addin…Read More